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Facebook Strikes Deal to Create New Social Network in China

Facebook is reportedly working with China's largest search engine to create a new, jointly owned social network. The collaboration with Baidu would allow Facebook to get a foothold in the Chinese market while giving Baidu the chance to capitalize on Mark Zuckerberg's network-building expertise. The new site would still need to be approved by Chinese's Internet regulators, who retain final say o...

New Book on Google Reveals Details on China, CEO's Political Donations

In his new book, 'In the Plex,' tech journalist Steven Levy traces the history of Google and exposes some juicy details about the company along the way. The New York Times recently reviewed an advanced copy of the book, and highlighted some of its most interesting revelations. Eric Schmidt, for example, reportedly wanted to censor some Google search results in order to hide a political donation...

Microsoft Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google in E.U. Court

A decade after fighting a major antitrust lawsuit, Microsoft has filed exactly the same charges against Google. Today, the company will file a formal antitrust complaint with the European Union, joining a collection of small companies that have already made similar charges against the search giant. Microsoft is hoping that the E.U. will take some action against Google, and perhaps convince r...

Google's New +1 Social Search Button Puts 'Likes' in Your Search

Adding yet another thing to click as you make your way across the Web, Google has finally launched its long-rumored '+1' recommendation service. (Try it out here.) It seems that Google is augmenting its algorithmically derived search results with your contacts' recommendations. Google's Matt Cutts told AdAge, "When someone recommends something, that's a pretty good indicator of quality." The as...

How to Get Around the New York Times' Paywall

The New York Times may be putting up a paywall later this month, but users can still access more than 20 free online articles per month, using a technique explained by Business Insider. [Ed. Note: We may or may not have been exploiting this loophole to read the Wall Street Journal for ages.] All you have to do is copy the headline of the article you want to read, paste it in Google's search bar...

You Can Now Block Specific Sites From Google Search Results

Google has introduced a new feature that allows users to block all search results from any site they choose. Users will now see a new 'Block all example.com results' link, next to the 'Cached' and 'Similar' options that appear under search results. The block option will only show up, however, after a user clicks on the link, and returns to Google. If you choose to block a site, you'll receive a...

Foursquare 3.0 Goes 'Beyond the Check-In,' Adds Recommendations, Search

Foursquare has released an update for Android and iOS, bringing search functionality and a new Explore feature to the location-based service. Released just in time for SXSW 2011, Foursquare 3.0 offers recommendations to users via the new Explore menu. The suggestions are based on a variety of information, including places where they and their friends have checked in, locations that are popular ...

Bing Shows Facebook Friend 'Likes' in Search Results

Bing now displays your Facebook friends who have "liked" a link in its search results. If you're searching for a restaurant in New Orleans, for example, and a friend has publicly "liked" one, then you'll see his or her photo and name below the link. Even those of us with the most extensive friends lists won't find "liked" links in every search result, though. Still, this new feature should give...

Google Introduces New Search Algorithm, Aimed at Burying Low-Quality Results

Lately, Google's been taking a lot of heat for the suddenly nebulous quality and reliability of its search results. In response, the company reaffirmed its commitment to enhance its search mechanisms, and rolled out a handful of small and subtle changes. Yesterday, however, Google announced that it's making a "big algorithmic change" -- one that its users will actually be able to notice. The...

Google Adds Recipes Filter to Search Results

Google has introduced a new tab that filters search results to show nothing but recipes. The search results in Recipe View can be refined by ingredient, calorie content and cooking time with the options found on the left side of the page. Each recipe also includes a star rating by users who have tried the dish and photos of the finished product, too. While this new feature does make finding the...

China's New Search Engine Offers Even More Propaganda for User Enlightenment

The Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese government's largest news service, has launched its own search engine, providing China's 450 million Web users with even more party propaganda. The search engine, called Panguso, was created in partnership with government-owned China Mobile -- the world's largest mobile operator with over 550 million customers. In combining Xinhua's news with China Mobile's ...

How J.C. Penney Gamed Google

Share You may have heard of a little game that companies play called SEO, or search engine optimization. The goal is to get a company's site to the top of search results (Google's, in particular) by manipulating text on a page, by choosing certain tags and by having incoming links from other sites. For the past several months, the undisputed king of SEO has been J.C. Penney. Search Google for "...

Google Blocks 'Piracy Related' Terms From Autocomplete, Instant Search

Add 'BitTorrent' and 'RapidShare' to the long list of terms for which Google won't help you search. In an apparent attempt to curry favor with the MPAA and RIAA, the company has begun blocking all "piracy related" terms from its Autocomplete feature. (TorrentFreak reports that Instant search results have also been blocked, but searches still instantly appear for us, once we complete the term. It ...

Google Brings 130,000 Holocaust Photos, Documents Online

Thousands of historical photos and documents from the Holocaust are now available online, thanks to a collaborative project from Google and Israel's Yad Vashem memorial. The initiative, which launched yesterday, will allow users to search through 130,000 photos from the Jerusalem-based institute, which houses the world's largest collection of Holocaust documents. With the help of experimental opt...

Spokeo Publishes All of Your Personal Information in One Place. Here's How to (Temporarily) Protect Your Privacy

Share Have you ever wondered how much of your personal information is out there on the Internet for all the world to read? Head over to a site called Spokeo, and find out for yourself. The site, which launched in 2007, markets itself as an online white pages, but warns that it's definitely "not your grandma's phonebook." And that much, at least, is true. Spokeo stores information on your age, ...